Ontario Construction News staff writer
Alberta’s government invested in planning, design and construction work on schools, health care and other public facilities in 2022.
Alberta’s government says 2022 was a year of significant progress on infrastructure projects and ongoing work will “world-class projects” this year.
“Throughout 2022, infrastructure played a major role in proactively rebuilding our economy,” said Nathan Neudorf, Deputy Premier and Minister of Infrastructure. “Many infrastructure projects around the province provided thousands of construction jobs in local communities.
“We have worked on accelerating priority projects and cutting red tape in order to get shovels in the ground faster at sites across Alberta.”
In 2022, construction was completed on:
- Nineteen school projects, creating more than 7,300 new and 3,800 modernized student spaces throughout the province. An additional 43 school projects are in the planning, design or construction phase.
- Four health projects, including the $1.4-billion 186,000 square metre Calgary Cancer Centre. Last summer, at the peak of construction, more than 1,650 trades and construction workers were on site.
- Red Deer recovery community facility. Another five facilities located in Lethbridge, Gunn, Calgary, Edmonton and the Blood Tribe First Nation are currently in the planning, design or construction phase.
Progress was made on:
- Phase I of the new more than $400-million Gene Zwozdesky Centre at Norwood. Currently 350 construction workers are on site daily.
- Redevelopment of the Misericordia Community Hospital Emergency Department. This $85-million project is supporting about 476 construction and related jobs and is anticipated to be complete in March 2023.
- Planning for the expansion and redevelopment of the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Design work is anticipated to begin in early 2023 and more information will be shared soon.
Through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), Alberta has been allocated $3.66 billion by the federal government for infrastructure projects. More than 200 projects and have been approved for ICIP funding in more than 30 Alberta communities.